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May 15, 2010 01:07 PM

NW Coast Indian Restaurant in Vancouver?

Am visiting from San Francisco in the summer and would like to eat at a NW Coast Indian restaurant (sorry, the correct Canadian designation Aboriginal or First Nations?). It looks like there was such dining at the Pan Pacific Hotel and the Vancouver Community College for a short period around the Olympics. Willing to drive a bit out of Vancouver for this experience. Thanks.

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  1. I think there may still be a west coast indian restaurant on Davie at Denman in the west end. It used to be called Lilliget Feast but I think it changed names (if it is still there at all). I went there once probably 20 years ago when it was still Lilliget Feast. It was a little on the expensive side. The salmon was overcooked but the bannock with oolichan grease was amazing - and to this day the only place I have ever been able to get it. Smokey, fishy and absolutely delicious. The whipped soapalaly dessert was pretty interesting. I wouldn't call it good, personally, but it was so strange that I would definitely order it again to see if the taste grew on me.
    There was also a first nations cafe in the community center on East Hastings at Commercial. Not sure if it is still there either.
    There is a woman who sells buffalo smokeys (I think? Or was it venison? - some kind of game anyway) in bannock with really good corn relish at the Farmers Market.
    Not much to choose from, I know, which seems kind of strange when you think about it.

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      1. re: mshumi

        Liliget Feasthouse has closed. I dont' think that cafeteria at the community center on Hastings is open either. You can get "modern" Aborginal cuisine at the VCC Culinary program's Wild Salmon during the summer session.

          1. re: Sam Salmon

            I had the wild buffalo chili and bannock there. It was okay, but nothing to rave about. I'd never had bannock before, so I don't have a good point of reference for it.

            I'd go back to try some other things, but not rushing to do so.

            I really wish we had a Navajo fry bread place like Fry Bread House in Phoenix. That is a place I would frequent...